November 28, 2011

Pencils and Progress!

So today is my first day interning at Periscope here in Portland! I'm pumped, and I look forward to everything I am going to learn! Here are some pencils I've been working on.





They are pretty rough, and all done digitally in Manga studio. Have a great week!

November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving! Non Spoiler Megagogo!

Happy Thanksgiving Y'all! Here are some non spoiler Megagogo panels for you to enjoy!



Also, I've been really digging Shigeru Mizuki and Go Nagai stuff lately. Here are some of their work if you're not familiar with them.

Shigeru Mizuki did some crazy anatomical illustrations of Yokai!





This stuff is soooo sooo good! And here's some Go Nagai stuff. I really love him personally because he drew Mazinger!




I've been in Portland for a few days now and it's been really great! Still getting used to the weather since it's quite a change from the South, but overall been an exciting time! Everyone is super welcoming, and I think I'm starting to feel like it's not a vacation anymore but that I am settling in for awhile now. Hope everyone has a safe and fun holiday weekend!

November 21, 2011

West Coast Calling!

I am now on the west coast! I left Atlanta at 7am yesterday, and got in around 1pm Portland, Oregon time. I'm all settled into the apartment I'm sharing with my old roomie, Brad and his wife, Andrea! I think I was misled.

It was warm and sunny when I got here, and today it is rainy. Well, I guess it's just going to be something I'll get used to!

I'm gonna be working on finishing Megagogo while I'm out here. Here's a screen cap of the pencils I've been doing in Manga Studio.


sorry. can't show too much or else there would be no surprise!

Here's a page of tighter pencils to hold you over those hopefully.

Have a great week!

November 17, 2011

End of Quarter! Portland Oregon Bound!

So, my Fall quarter of my schooling has finished and I'm all packed up for the winter. I leave this Sunday to head to Portland, Oregon for an internship at the one and only Periscope Studio! I can't wait to take as much out of the experience at the studio and learn from all their members. Also I'm looking forward to getting out of the South for an extended period of time, and get the most out of the hub for cartoonists which is Portland! I dunno how to feel about the weather, we'll see, but I'm sure I'll get used to it!


I enjoy school, but I'm excited about the amount of work I'll be able to get done on some of my pro work while I'm doing my independent studies on the west coast! Speaking of which, here's some non-spoiler panels from Megagogo that will hopefully get you pumped about what's to come in the future!




I don't want to give too much away and I don't think I am by showing you these panels. They aren't toned or lettered yet, but just a peek at what's to come!


Also here's an exercise using 1, 2, and 3 pt perspective! 

1st panel: Daredevil in 1 point
2nd panel: White Queen getting white girl wasted on wine with 2 point
3rd panel: Hulk busting into a lab in 3 point


And here's a longer pose I did for life drawing! Not my strength, but I am trying to get better!



Have a great weekend! And my next post will be coming from me on the west coast!

November 14, 2011

Small Sketchbook Post!

So sorry, today's post is small, but here are some sketches. Finals are this week, so yeah... here ya go!



November 10, 2011

Monsters and Facial Exercises!

First off here's a color monster drawing! RAAAWR!



I wanted a way to warm up before penciling and inking, so I started doing this exercise recently to get all the nervousness out of my hands before hitting a page. I've found recently too, that I enjoy only drawing in pens and markers in my sketchbook. Sure, I'll make mistakes and I'll have bad drawings, but no every drawing is going to be pretty, right?

I just wanted to use my sketchbook to have fun drawing. Plus it helps me come up with background characters for other possible stories!

I start by filling a page loosely with random shapes for heads. I wanted to stick away from traditional shaped heads, so that I could force myself to come up with something interesting and make a more exaggerated character from just a quick, loose shape. This is what I start with:


After I've laid these quick shapes down then I just have fun and let my hand do the creating. It's not really something I think about too much. It's just a way to step away from work and have fun drawing! These are some of what happens after I draw over the shape!




Hope you enjoyed them, and try the same in your sketchbooks too! Have a great weekend!

November 7, 2011

Lettering Exercise and Sketchbookin'

I've been thinking more and more about handlettering. I started using an Ames lettering guide again recently and forgot how much I do actually enjoy using it. It makes the art seem more together. I've been told in the past that the first thing you'll notice on a page is bad lettering and that is totally true. If the art is rough and sketchy or loose, you don't want to have a slick comic font with it! Here are some tests and playing around at different sizes and what not!


For great examples of lettering, I would definitely refer to either Dustin Harbin or Rich Tommaso! Each of them have an incredible grasp of how to do it and do it well! Check them out at their respective sites!

Here's some sketchbook stuff too!








That's also most of the sketches from my current sketchbook that I can share with you! On to a new sketchbook! I make my own up at school, and highly recommend making them yourself! They are cheaper and you can use different types of paper. I use Hammermill 8.5" x 11" Laser Print paper, the 32 lb. kind. It's great for sketching with pens and takes a fat marker pretty well!


I just started making my own this year! That's two down since I started this summer, and hope to be able to fill another before the end of 2011. We'll see. Anyways, have a great week!

November 3, 2011

Loose Ends! B.P.R.D.! Where The Wild Things Are!

So as promised, the three illustrations this week are fully rendered drawings, not relying just on line! YAY! Again with these I was only allowed to use certain tools for each. One is only with pens/markers, another with only nib/croquill, and one only with brushes. Hope you dig!

Where The Wild Things Are (markers)
B.P.R.D. (nibs)


And Loose Ends (brush)



"Where The Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak was one of my all time favorite books as a little kid. I think it's tied with the Corduroy by Donald Freeman. B.P.R.D. is prolly one of my favorite comics right now! I love Guy Davis' art and the stories are super fun, not to mention my bud Tyler Crook is working on B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth, and a fellow Oni brotha with Petrograd! This also leads into Loose Ends by Jason Latour, who's also working on B.P.R.D., Chris Brunner, and Rico Renzi! Damn they are all three stand up guys! Chris rocks the art, Jason slays with words, and Rico dazzles with the colors! Go get it if you're not already! 

Hope y'all liked them and check out all the books they are based off of and inspired by! Have a great weekend y'all!